My wife and I frequently go to Quebec city for food and ambiance. I lived there for a year as a child and brought her there before we were married, and she fell in love with it. We recently tried booking our usual lodging and couldn't get a reservation. "Let's try Montreal for a change" I suggested: it has a similar historical, cultural, and culinary feel and yet we always drive further to QC. I need your help to make our next trip a tough choice ;-).
For those who know Quebec City, some of our 'go to' places are l'echaude, le saint amour, chez l'autre (until it closed), le 47e parallele, etc. We always go to Paillard for croissants (crispy outside, fluffy buttery inside), and we get cheese and charcuterie at JA Moison and go for a picnic on the plains.
The only catch is our 3 kids are joining us (ages 5/8/10)...they're well behaved and food-adventurous, but it probably puts higher end places off the list this time (don't want to ruin it for other guests, plus they'd cost us a fortune ;-). Bistros, tapas, pubs all work well. Good food for good value.
From other posts i've read here, it seems like some good bets are:
Picnic supplies (cheese/charcuterie) - it seems like Jean Talon or Atwater markets are my best bets? Do either stand out for charcuterie/cheese? for parks, I'm assuming Mount Royale or are there other great parks to try? I'm a shutterbug too so anything that makes for interesting photography is a draw.
Croissants - Co'pains d'abord or Kouign Amann sound like the crispy/fluffy style of Paillard
Lunches - schwartz's, la banquise, market for picnic supplies
Dinners - emillianos, vin papillon, taleo
We're staying near place d'armes station, but will get a 3 day metro pass, so we'll be quite mobile.
Any other great food/kid-tolerant places we should try?